Man Charged with False Imprisonment, Grand Theft, and Elder Abuse of Stan Lee
Photo: Stan Lee (Facebook)
CELEBRITY / LOS ANGELES — The beloved Stan Lee, famous for “Excelsior!”—a Latin word meaning “ever upward,” lived a life full of joyful creativity. Before his passing at the age of 95 in 2018, his numerous personal appearances and Marvel movie cameos brought joy to a worldwide following of fans and friends.
The prolific comic book writer achieved fame by co-creating characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers. Among all these reasons to celebrate his life, revelations have surfaced that suggest that his last moments were not so joyous.
Case in point: Paul Eakins of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that a man has been charged with falsely imprisoning and stealing from Stan Lee last year.
“Keya Morgan, aka Keyrash Mazhari (DOB 10/21/75), is charged in case BA477677 with one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder by use of fraud and deceit, three felony counts of grand theft from an elder of more than $950, and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse for knowingly and willfully inflicting mental suffering on the victim.”
A felony complaint filed for arrest warrant on May 10th resulted in Morgan’s arrest over the weekend in Arizona, with expectations for his extradition to Los Angeles.
Charges of grand theft include an allegation of taking over $100,000 via fraud and embezzlement. Additionally, accusations include taking money and falsely imprisoning him at a location outside of his residence during May and June of 2018.
The DA’s Prosecution is Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Stodel of the White Collar Crime Division. The investigation is being conducted by the DA’s Office Bureau of Investigation, and the L.A. Police Department.
A $300,000 bail is recommended by prosecutors. Morgan’s conviction could bring a possible maximum sentence of 10 years.